Today’s IT managers are facing some of their biggest challenges yet, from stiff budget cuts to a changing business environment with more mobile users and even more devices. To stay ahead—and help ensure IT security across the organization—IT departments must figure out how to do more with less. This planning guide describes how IT managers can use intelligent clients based on Intel vPro technology to gain an added layer of hardware-based security and improve IT management by gaining incremental efficiencies. Hardware-based tools leverage out-of-band management capabilities that extend automation and control beyond what can be provided by software alone, dramatically increasing helpdesk support capabilities. The out-of-band communication tunnel sits “below” the operating system and applications to allow critical operations such as agent presence checking and remote booting. With powerful hardware-based controls based on Intel vPro technology, you can implement a new layer of built-in security enforcement checkpoints; provide convenient remote support to PCs that are unreachable by software solutions alone; and streamline and improve accuracy of PC and software inventory.